Very Rare UPTON M. BELL / WAYNESBORO, PA Redware Butter Tub

Summer 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 249

Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.  A Note About Estimates

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Very Rare Glazed Redware Butter Tub, Stamped "UPTON M. BELL / Waynesboro, PA," circa 1895, cylindrical form with tooled shoulder, footed base, and rope-twist handles, resting on three applied feet. Surface decorated with streaked manganese and covered in a clear lead glaze. Underside impressed with the rare maker's mark of John Bell's son, Upton Martin Bell, the last proprietor of the Bell pottery in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. One of only a few examples of pottery that we have offered bearing this stamp. Excellent condition with only extremely minor rim wear, kiln scars to bottom of feet, and two 1/2" in-the-firing flakes to underside at edge. This tub looks essentially as it did when it was made, surviving in a remarkable state of preservation with no glaze flakes or scratches. H 5 3/4" ; Diam. (across top) 8 5/8".

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